Why Do Fools Fall in Love

"The story of three very different women.....with one husband in common."

‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’ is about Frankie Lymon. Frankie Lymon was a singer who found fame as the lead singer of Frankie Lymon and the teenagers. The film tells the story of Frankie’s rise to fame as well as of his death through the scandal that surrounded Lymons due to the three wives, whom he appeared to have married at the same time. The film stars Larenz Tate as Frankie Lymon, Halle Berry as Zola Taylor, Vivica A. Fox as Mickey Waters and Lela Rochon as Emira Eagle.

The film begins with Mickey hearing a remake of the song Lymon made famous, ’Why Do Fools Fall In Love’ on the radio and contacting a lawyer in order to discuss the possibility of royalties that should be owed to Lymon’s estate from his recording company owned by Morris Levy. Mickey makes her way to Levy’s office to pick up a check that she claims is owed to her as Lymon’s widow only to find Zola Taylor there making the same demands, however, both women find themselves shocked when Emira Eagle enters with her attorney, making the same claim. All three women file and take Levy to court for the money he never paid into Lymon’s estate, however before any money can be distributed it has to be determined who the real widow is.

Lymon’s rise, fall and death are told through flashbacks. Zola, a member of The Platters, met Lymon while they were both touring and became involved and soon married, however, they also separated. Mickey, a petty thief, met Lymon when he helped her avoid jail for shoplifting and they soon move in together, but Lymon developed a heroin habit which Mickey was forced to support through prostitution. Finally, finding himself in the Army, Lymon met Emira in Georgia and married her, only to be arrested by the military for going AWOL.

R
| 1998 | 1 hr 56 min | 6.3/10
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Gregory Nava
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English
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